Re: Struggling with my so called "Conservative" stance...
I think I am uniquely qualified to be able to discuss the subject of where money goes for a church. I am the behind the scenes person for our church, and then responsible for the budget, allocation of funds, and essentially keeping the lights on at our church.
First and foremost, the single most important thing a church does is deliver a message on Sunday. Why? Because the Bible calls us to go and make disciples. Without a message on Sunday, there is no church, and no discipleship.
The second most important thing a church does is outreach. Outreach is a rather large umbrella in that it encompasses not only trying to grow the members of the church, but also involves doing things like food drives, clothing drives, contributing to local causes, and various other charitable things. Outreach is also much more than money in that there are times where we will encourage our members to go and donate their time to feed the homeless, or help a battered women's shelter, or to actually house homeless men in our church for an evening during the colder months through Room In The Inn.
From a strictly budget standpoint, approximately 20 to 25% is allocated for outreach. However, based on the fact that there is more than money when it comes to outreach, you can't simply measure the amount of money contributed as the only factor.
Additional things in our budget include the building payment, power, gas, trash, staff members salaries (which are incredibly low), maintenance of the facilities and equipment, and ministry expenses such as sheet music for the worship band, learning aids for the children's ministry, etc.
In order to deliver a solid message on Sunday, and all of the aforementioned expenses that are associated with delivering the message, our church must take in roughly $1,500 per week. Normally anything beyond that is spent on outreach.
"Our ability to feel joy is directly related to how much pain we are willing to feel." - Mavash.
"The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for." - Bob Marley
Last edited by farsidejunky; 11-15-2016 at 09:17 AM.